Posts Tagged ‘science’

Growth Hormone Treatment Improves Social Impairments in Patients with Genetic Disorder Known to Cause Autism

A growth hormone can significantly improve the social impairment associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in patients with a related genetic syndrome, according to a pilot study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published today on Pub Med, a public database of...

Changes in Scores of Genes Contribute to Autism Risk

Small differences in as many as a thousand genes contribute to risk for autism, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC), and published today in the journal Nature. The new study examined data on several types of rare, genetic differences in...

Evaluating the Ability of Learners with Autism to Work in Small Groups

Learners with autism do well with one on one instruction, and this is widely known. However, the provision of one-to-one instruction on a long-term basis is not efficient or realistic. Funding streams, particularly in adulthood, do not support this level of staffing. Furthermore, the ability to...

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Announces Groundbreaking Initiatives at Yale School of Medicine and University of Miami CARD

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation (DJFF), the nation’s first not-for-profit organization to focus exclusively on adults living with autism, has launched two groundbreaking initiatives designed to enrich the lives of autistic individuals throughout their lifespan. With endowment gifts of...

It Takes Brains to Solve Autism

If you have autism or are a family member of someone with autism, you now have a unique opportunity to contribute to important research that can lead to better understanding and treatment of autism. Last year, the Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks announced the establishment and funding of a new...

The Future of Autism Genetics Should Learn From Its Past

Last month in November of 2014, my colleagues and I published two large studies that sequenced the genes or exomes of thousands of families with a history of autism1,2. These studies identified several dozen “high-confidence” autism genes that show spontaneous, harmful mutations in multiple...

Understanding Treatment Effect Scores in Behavioral Therapy Research

Current prevalence estimates released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that one in 68 children in the United States may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (CDC MMWR, 2014). The core impairments that characterize autism - social and communicative functioning and the presence of...

Autism and Science: A View from Across the Neural Divide

I am writing this because I am in the somewhat unusual position of not only being on the autism spectrum and fairly involved in the autism community, but also of coming from a scientific background, even if not in the field of autism (I am a retired electronics engineer with degrees in physics,...

Autism Science Foundation Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding autism research, has announced the recipients of its 2014 annual pre and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the recipients of its first undergraduate summer research grants. Pre and Postdoctoral Research...

It Takes Brains to Solve Autism

The Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, the MIND Institute and the Autism Science Foundation have announced the launch of the Autism BrainNet, and encourage individuals with autism and their families to register to become tissue donors at www.autismbrainnet.org. Autism BrainNet is a consortium...